Gov. Dayton Signs Gaming Legislation

On Friday, May 4, Gov. Mark Dayton signed HF 2975 in law. This legislation enhances Minnesota’s existing Card Clubs by allowing for a series of changes to their operations. First, this law allows the number of tables in Minnesota’s card rooms to increase from a limit of 50 to a limit of 80. Additionally, it increases the poker bet limit from $60 to $100. Furthermore, the legislation also removes limits on the number of poker tournaments Card Clubs can conduct, as well as limits on the number of tables used in these tournaments.

In addition, the legislation allows card games played in existing Card Clubs to be “banked” card games. In a separate provision, the amended law establishes a framework for the possible implementation of simulcasting of horse races at existing casinos throughout Minnesota.

Read the full press release at www.canterburypark.com

11 thoughts on “Gov. Dayton Signs Gaming Legislation”

  1. “…the amended law establishes a framework for the possible implementation of simulcasting of horse races at existing casinos throughout Minnesota.”
    What are the chances of this happening? Are the tribes open to this?

    1. Dave – There has already been interest from a few of the existing casinos. The legislation calls for the casino, the horse breed organization and the racetrack that races that breed to come to an agreement before anything can begin. Additionally, it is likely going to take some time to figure out the logistics of the operation.

      1. Would any deals that are made apply to only the Cby signal or would the casinos also be able to offer the entire simulcast menu?

        1. Dave – Law would allow this to be negotiated between casino, racing breed and racetrack that races that breed. However, it would very likely be a much wider menu than only Canterbury Park’s signal.

  2. The release said this legislation could raise purses at Canterbury up to 40%. Is this realistic? Will we see purses raised this year or is that something that will happen down the road.

    1. Tim – The 40% figure is an estimate and that certainly wouldn’t be realized in full this year. At this time, it’s too early to say whether purse increases could still happen this year as a result of this legislation. Additional purse money would still need to be earned before being paid out.

  3. The release said this legislation could raise purses at Canterbury up to 40%. Is this realistic? Will we see purses raised this year or is that something that will happen down the road.

    1. Tim – The 40% figure is an estimate and that certainly wouldn’t be realized in full this year. At this time, it’s too early to say whether purse increases could still happen this year as a result of this legislation. Additional purse money would still need to be earned before being paid out.

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